Baroque Guitar, Sellas, 5-course, Taylor
This 5-course guitar designed by Zachary Taylor is based on the instruments made by Giorgio Sellas. One in particular, which may be seen in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford was made in 1627. It was examined and measured for the purpose of producing this representation of this exquisite instrument. Several other great luthiers are associated with this type of instrument including Tielke and Voboam. Sellas was chosen not only as an excellent maker of this class of instrument but that his designs lent themselves well to relatively low-cost production. Some modifications were made to the original design including the reduction of inlaid decoration, the inclusion of which, if any, made no contribution to the function of the guitar and it might even have been detrimental to the tone and volume it produced. Attention was paid to the basic construction and materials to bring about a faithful representation of this beautiful guitar. The scale length is 660mm. There are 9 nylon and 3 wooden frets.